Black Powder War

Black Powder War

Book - 2006
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"A splendid series."
-Anne McCaffrey

"Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about."
-David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series

After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn-thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master's death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte's implacable army?
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : c2006. Del Rey/Ballantine,
ISBN: 9780345481306
Branch Call Number: AF NOVI
Alternative Title: Temeraire : black powder war


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Oct 20, 2019

I wanted another book paced like the first in the series; not realistic, when Novik is creating alternative history of the Napoleonic War of the Fourth Coalition in superb detail. I'll re-read this in the future, as Novik is a stellar writer.

Feb 21, 2016

Some brilliant insights into politics, personal responsibility, ethics, and friendship. Faces the problems of slavery a little more "head on" than book 2. Couldn't put it down.

Sep 06, 2011

I enjoyed this one much better than the second. The plot was more developed and it held my interest the whole way through. I did find it a little hard to believe that Termeraire could carry 300 men at one time, but I'll let it slide.

Apr 19, 2010

You may find, after finishing this book, that you have been holding your breath since somewhere around the halfway mark.

I was, anyway. This is good stuff, and one very nearly forgets that there were no dragons involved in the Napoleonic Wars.

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